Premier League Week 14 Table: Updating Top Contenders for the Title

Kenny DeJohnAnalyst IIIDecember 1, 2013

CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 30:  Mesut Ozil of Arsenal in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Cardiff City and Arsenal at Cardiff City Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales.  (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
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Another exciting week of Premier League action has come to a close, and there were a few shakeups in the league table following the conclusion of play.

Nearly all of the top matches finished as expected, though Liverpool dropped their match against Hull City, 3-1. Hull City, now No. 10 on the table, is far from a bad team. They were expected to compete with Liverpool, but not many thought they'd be able to pull off the upset.

Liverpool is now No. 4 on the table, and they'll need to bounce back against Norwich City in Week 14 if they want to gain ground on the three teams ahead. After a loss to Hull City, though, should Liverpool still be considered as a top contender for the Premier League title?

Well, there are certainly several teams that belong in the mix.



CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 30:  Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal (16) is congratulated by Nacho Monreal as he scores their third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Cardiff City and Arsenal at Cardiff City Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Cardiff,
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Arsenal is clearly the favorite for the Premier League title after 13 weeks of play. The team has 31 points—four more than No. 2 and six more than No. 3—and they have suffered just two losses thus far.

In Week 14, Arsenal has the opportunity to make a statement by defeating Hull City. Because of Liverpool's loss to Hull City, Arsenal can prove that they are head and shoulders above the competition with a win. Liverpool is widely considered a contender for the title as well, so it would make sense that Arsenal will be looking for a decisive victory.

Everton awaits in Week 15, followed by Manchester City in Week 16 and Chelsea in Week 17. The upcoming schedule won't be easy, but there is a reason Arsenal is the top team on the table.

Their goal differential is second-best in the Premier League, and they have allowed a league-low 10 goals. This team is extremely well-equipped to go all the way.



LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01:  Petr Cech of Chelsea in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Southampton at Stamford Bridge on December 1, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Chelsea is No. 2 on the table with 27 points, and they need to do some serious catching up before Week 17. When they play Arsenal that week, it will feel like the title game. The quality of the two teams is fantastic, and the atmosphere will surely feel like everything is on the line.

Aside from Week 17, Chelsea has a relatively easy schedule coming up. Sunderland, Stoke City and Crystal Palace are next up over the next three weeks, and Arsenal's tough schedule over that same time gives Chelsea a great opportunity to pick up a few points.

The three draws have come back to bite Chelsea thus far. Draws against Manchester United, Tottenham and West Brom have prevented Chelsea from picking up the points they currently lack. They have lost just twice, though, and that has helped them keep pace with Arsenal.

This team is a contender because of how well-built they are. Petr Cech has been fantastic in goal, while Oscar, Eden Hazard and Frank Lampard have done a great job of energizing the offense.


Manchester City

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01:  Samir Nasri (R) of Manchester City celebrates his team's second goal with Yaya Toure during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Swansea City at Etihad Stadium on December 1, 2013 in Manchester,
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Manchester City defeated a pretty decent Swansea City team 3-0 on Saturday, further helping their cause for a shot at the Premier League title.

With 25 points, they are six points behind Arsenal at the top. The team has four losses thus far—the most in the top five of the table—making it even more impressive that they still have 25 points. With one or two fewer losses, they might even be ahead of Chelsea.

Manchester City has the league's best goal differential, and that makes them extremely dangerous. At plus-25, Man City is dominating opponents. Their 37 goals scored are tops in the league, and the 12 goals allowed place them amongst the most stingy teams in the league.

Arsenal is their opponent for Week 16 in another potential title preview, and that match will also be met with a big-game atmosphere. It will likely result in one of the top matches of the season.